Is it a fruit or is it a vegetable?

January 19, 2006 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

I’m talking about the ever so delicious avocado.

And if you said fruit you would be correct!

Did you know that avocados:

  • Contain 60% more potassium than bananas? A medium-sized one packs about 850 mg!
  • Are also rich in the phytochemical beta-sitosterol which promotes normal cholesterol levels and a healthy prostate.
  • Ounce for ounce, avocados are a superior source for many nutrients including glutathione, a potent antioxidant, and the eye health protector lutein.
  • Are high in protein.
  • Are rich in an oil that contains vitamins A, D, and E and contains 14 minerals especially copper and iron.
  • Are rich in phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and manganese.
  • And yes they are high in fat but it’s a good kind of fat that your body needs called a monounsaturated fat and it’s low in saturated fat and has 0 cholesterol.
  • Are an excellent nutrient dense food that are helplful for stabilizing blood sugar, are an aid in blood and tissue regeneration, are beneficial to the cardiovascular system and are also proving to be helpful for joint health.

So say yes to avocados the next time you are in the supermarket and know you are giving your body something nutritious and tasty at the same time!

Here is one of my favorite recipes that is super simple. I use this as a spread for sandwiches and wraps, as a dip and of course on mexican food. Yummy!

Guacamole

Makes 2 Servings
TIME NEEDED: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado
½ small chopped tomato
1 thinly sliced green onion
Juice of ½ lemon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon salsa

Directions:

Mash avocado with fork in small bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Serve with  non-GMO corn chips, whole wheat tortillas, or sliced veggies.

Enjoy!

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